Family ownership is the common thread among the three most prestigious newspapers in America, the former ombudsman of The New York Times says. Daniel Okrent, the first "public editor" of The Times, was at Williams College tonight for a public talk after dinner with the staff of the Williams Record student newspaper and invited guests. In a 38-minute talk and almost a half hour of questions-and-answers in Griffin Hall, Okrent talked mostly about his experiences at the paper, and a bit about the future of newspapers. He said he is fearful about the growth of Internet web blogs because of the difficulty in determining their credibility. He said the future of newspaper organizations lies in their ability to transfer the integrity and accuracy of their brands onto the Internet in such a way that they are see as clearly more reliable than blogs.
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